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Drastic Pruning needed, any suggestions?

Posted by rjinga middle ga, zone 8 (My Page) on
Tue, May 29, 12 at 23:00

I'm not concerned with fruit production this year, in fact, it appears from what is on my 2 trees, that there wont be too many, unlike last year where I had a bumper crop of wonderful big peaches (one tree) and a lot of small peaches on the other in my yard.

I know these trees are WAY too tall and could literally be cut in half. Can this be safely done this time of year? the trees have small fruit on them.

Also since they need so much cut back off the top are there any special considerations? any special instructions?

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RE: Drastic Pruning needed, any suggestions?

Trees pruned at this time of year has a stunting affect on growth. It sounds like that may be exactly what you want. Trees are more vulnerable to disease when pruning this late so be careful. Remove vertical growth and open the center so light and air can get through. May want to take precaustions against fungal and pest issues after pruning this time of year, as you will have many open wounds.

RE: Drastic Pruning needed, any suggestions?

pruning this time of year is unsuggested, try to wait for next year it would be far better...

RE: Drastic Pruning needed, any suggestions?

Posted by wal4444 none (My Page) on Wed, May 30, 12 at 13:34

pruning this time of year is unsuggested, try to wait for next year it would be far better...

Any time during the dormant season, next year?

RE: Drastic Pruning needed, any suggestions?

  • Posted by olpea zone 6 KS (My Page) on
    Thu, May 31, 12 at 10:19


Pruning peaches this time of year in GA is perfectly fine. You'll have rapid callus formation of wounds at this time.

There are a couple of considerations that may be relevant to your proposed pruning. First, if you remove 1/2 the tree it may remove so much foliage that scaffolds underneath could become sunburned. I've had this happen to scaffolds before when I drastically prune this time of summer. So you'll either want to leave some foliage to shade the scaffolds, or save your most drastic pruning for early spring.

Second, lesser peach tree borer is more prevalent in the Southeast. The moth preferentially attacks damaged tree tissue (like large pruning wounds) so you'll want to keep an eye on any large cuts you make regardless of what time of the year you prune.


You're in a much colder zone. Trees are generally more susceptible to winter kill when pruned late in the season or during winter. It's fine to prune now, but I wouldn't advise pruning later than July. Any major pruning is probably best done late dormant/early Spring for your zone.

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